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Firm-Sponsored General Training in Frictional Labour Markets: An Empirical Analysis for Switzerland

  • Gerfin, Michael

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    (University of Bern)

According to the classical human capital theory general training is entirely financed by workers. This prediction is at odds with the empirical evidence. This observation inspired new theoretical models of training in frictional labour market. These frictions create incentives for firms to invest in general training. This paper tries to identify the sources of frictions in the Swiss labour market. The results indicate that internal wage floors may play an important role, especially for training in large firms. Overall, the empirical results support the predictions of the new training literature.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 1077.

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2004
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp1077
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